Said Amelia Earhart: "Well, they can have that coffee grinder. I wouldn't care to go out to sea in it myself."

Said an airport mechanic: "She'll float, anyway, if she won't do much else."

"She" was the Airspeed Envoy monoplane Stella Australis (Star of Australia), an unprepossessing craft in which to attempt the hazardous flight from California to Australia. Her lack of power and last-minute patchwork of fabric, however, failed to perturb Flight Lieutenant Charles T. P. Ulm, who had made the Pacific...

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